Monday, 10 March 2014 14:54

Hangar Hawks Event Roundup

Thanks to the nearly 120 pilots and aviation enthusiasts who made it out to Indianapolis Executive Airport this weekend for the seminar on Pilot Deviations as well as Flying with the iPad: Part III!  The group heard from four great local attorneys who all fly and work within the aviation community about many of the legal issues that face pilots today. Additionally, our resident expert on all things iPad gave the group a run down on all the latest technologies and features for us in aviation.  The morning included a great continental breakfast and hot dog lunch. All-in-all a great day at the airport to kick-start the flying season!

Several folks requested that we post the presentations that were presented on Saturday. They are available in PDF form by clicking the links below:

Pilot Deviations - Pfenne Cantrell

Pilot Deviations - Dennis Schell

Flying with the iPad: Part III - Sean White




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 Event Details:

The Art of Motoring

Friday, August 23rd

Indy Executive Airport

7-10 pm

Tickets on sale now at for $125 each, availability is limited.


The Art of Motoring: Celebrating 100 Years of Aston Martin

From art & motoring to food, fashion & spirits, come celebrate at Indy's Premier Lifestyle Event.  The social highlight of the summer will feature the world's finest new and classic automobiles, from modern supercars - Bentley, Lotus, Aston Martin, and Mercedes-Benz, to opulent classics - Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari, and Auburn, just to name a few.  The splendor of having the most desirable automobiles in one venue is only matched by the group of friends and enthusiasts who make this celebration so memorable.  The event is a mix of captains of industry, motorsports legends, collectors, historians, and anyone else with an enthusiasm and passion for horsepower and elegance.

The venue for this luxury event is Indy Executive Airport; so prominent and gleaming among the automobiles will be a variety of aircraft.  The assortment will range from luxury jets to single prop, personal planes along with a variety of fractional ownership and charter services.  Even with the thrill of petrol in the air, charity is really the focus of this event. All proceeds will benefit Art With a Heart, an organization that positively impacts the lives of thousands of local children and thereby builds better communities through art, education and love.  The Art of Motoring will welcome guests to an elegant display of marquees with fine cuisine and cocktails abounding.  Indulge yourself in an evening where the cars and planes will be beyond spectacular and the crowds, prolific and elegant.  The Art of Motoring is a luxury lifestyle affair not to be missed.

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August 8, 2013

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Brooks Hosts Aviation Roundtable in Zionsville



Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) joined more than 40 industry experts including federal, state and local elected officials for an aviation roundtable today at the Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville. The event was co-hosted by the Congresswoman, Montgomery Aviation, Indianapolis Executive Airport and the Hamilton County Airport Authority. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, Zionsville Town Council President Jeff Papa, State Representative Steve Braun and State Representative Jerry Torr were also in attendance. 

“The Aviation industry accounts for more than 69,000 jobs and $14 billion in economic activity for our state,” Brooks said. “We are committed to working together to ensure our general aviation and small business airports in Indiana are successful.  Our local businesses rely on general aviation as a vital tool for business development. I’d like to thank Dan and Andi Montgomery from Montgomery Aviation for their assistance in organizing this important gathering.”

Participants discussed a wide range of concerns related to the aviation industry including federal regulations, workforce development opportunities and infrastructure needs. Perspectives were supplied by airport owners and managers, pilots, federal agencies and local businesses.

“Indiana’s aviation industry is vital to our State and has many opportunities for growth in the years ahead,” Dan Montgomery said. “Today’s forum provided a chance to collectively discuss ways we can work together to ensure continued success.” 

“We’d like to thank Congresswoman Brooks for listening to our ideas and opinions today,” Andi Montgomery explained. “It’s so important to maintain an open and thoughtful dialogue with the leaders who represent us in Washington DC.” 


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Montgomery Aviation Supporting Local Youth Participating in the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy

Participants to be given opportunity to fly a Cessna


ZIONSVILLE, IN (July 11, 2013) – Montgomery Aviation is excited to once again partner with other local aviation and community organizations in support of the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy.  The week-long program for area youth will culminate on Saturday, July 13 at Indianapolis Executive Airport where the 35 students participating in the ACE Academy will have an opportunity to try their hands at the controls of a real airplane. Participants will have the opportunity to fly one of Montgomery Aviation’s Cessna 172 or Cessna 182 four-seat single-engine aircraft.

The orientation flights on Saturday will cap a week of activities where participants will be interacting with aviation professionals throughout the community, receiving mentoring, and touring various aviation facilities to further explore the various career opportunities within the aviation field.

The orientation flights will be conducted by Republic Airways pilots in Cessna 172 and Cessna 182 single-engine four-seat aircraft owned and operated by Montgomery Aviation and its flight school, Eagle Flyers, at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville. Participants will be given 20-30 minute orientation flights where they will have the opportunity to learn the steps involved in preparing for and executing a flight.

“We are excited to be a part of this important program to open the eyes of today’s young people to the many potential career opportunities within the aviation sector,” said Montgomery Aviation owner Dan Montgomery. “There are countless stories of pilots and others working in aviation today recalling how that “first flight” changed their lives forever and sent them on a path to a career in aviation. We want to be part of that and appreciate the opportunity to partner with ACE to make it possible for these students to take a flight.”

About ACE Academy
The Indianapolis Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy is a week-long program that offers an interactive introduction to the aviation industry and careers to middle and high school students.  The purpose is to introduce youth to the world of aviation by exposing them to the many challenging careers and opportunities the industry have to offer.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals from the aviation community, receive career mentoring, take fields, and see how professionals achieve their goals.  The academy concludes with students taking an orientation flight.

The ACE Academy is a nationally recognized program co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees.

Dates for the Indianapolis ACE Academy are July 8-13, 2013 from 8:00am – 5:00pm at Republic Airlines Headquarters, 8909 Purdue Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.  More information can be found at

About Montgomery Aviation
Montgomery Aviation, Inc. is the fixed based operator (FBO) at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville, as well as Frankfort Clinton County Airport in Frankfort, IN and the Grissom Aeroplex in Peru, IN.  Montgomery Aviation also operates a flight school, Eagle Flyers; a charter operation, SolutionsAir; and an FAA registered maintenance shop and repair station.  Montgomery Aviation is committed to giving back to the local community through the sponsorship of numerous events and organizations throughout the year, including the Down Syndrome Indiana (DSI) Open House and Fly-In at Indianapolis Executive Airport on August 3, 2013 from 10am – 2pm.  The event is in its 7th year and to-date has raised over $63,000 for DSI. Learn more at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter at @IndyExec_FBO.

About Indianapolis Executive Airport
Indianapolis Executive Airport, located near the intersection of SR32 and SR421 on border of Hamilton and Boone counties, is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a regional airport and is part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).  Indy Exec is one of the region’s most active general aviation airports, supporting businesses and industry in communities across Hamilton, Boone, and Marion counties.  A recent study showed that Indy Exec supports nearly 2,400 jobs in the region and has an annual economic impact on the region of over $430 million. The airport is governed by the Hamilton County Airport Authority and managed by Montgomery Aviation. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter at @IndyExec_Airport


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Today, Perry Worth Elementary Kindergarten classes enjoyed a fun filled, educational day at the airprot!  Carl Winkler, did a fabulous job teaching them all about the different types of airplanes.  He showed them all the moving parts of a Piper and explained to them why they were very important in the flight of the aircraft.  The kids were so very well behaved and had a great interest in learning about aviation and flying airplanes!  Maybe this trip will inspire some of these kids to one day become a pilot!!  Aviation education at a young age is important to continue the growth of general aviation, we always are willing to host field trips for our local schools and organizations.  Thanks again, Carl for a wonderful event!



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Lawmaker Highlights Small Business Impact From Aircraft Tax-Change Proposal

March 19, 2013

The possible negative consequences from altering the tax-depreciation schedule for general aviation aircraft were recently highlighted by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4-IN) during a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.

At issue was an amendment to a bill, sponsored by House Democrats, which would have altered the depreciation schedule for non-commercial aircraft purchases from five years to seven years. The White House has repeatedly called for an end to what the president terms the “corporate jet tax loophole,” asserting the adjustment would yield $3 billion in additional revenue over the next 10 years.

In the March 13 hearing in the United States House of Representatives Budget Committee, Rokita said the proposed amendment sought to “demagogue” business aircraft users, and would’ve harmed small business owners and general aviation pilots operating their aircraft on a variety of missions.

“We get some kind of satisfaction out of saying that they don't pay their fair share,” he added.

Rokita, himself a commercial pilot, then displayed a photo of Dan and Andi Montgomery, owners of Indiana fixed-base operator Montgomery Aviation, which supports general aviation operations including medical flights, airborne search-and-rescue, disaster relief, and law enforcement and agricultural support roles.

“Do they look like globe-trotting, jet millionaires to you?” he asked rhetorically. “They're small business owners.”

Watch Rep. Rokita's Comments in Support of GA Small Businesses

Rokita reiterated that any estimated gains from the depreciation schedule adjustment would be offset by the profoundly negative impact to all general aviation, including business aviation, which contributes more than $150 billion annually to the economy and employs more than 1.2 million Americans. Businesses relying on general aviation would be hit with increased capital costs, he added, as well as a drop in aggregate demand, manufacturing employment, and the number of GA service providers.

“When we demagogue the ‘jet-tax loophole’, and those people who might benefit from a simple business depreciation schedule, you might think about the real face of general aviation and the people who work in it who serve this country, and who we'd really hurt,” Rokita added. The amendment was ultimately voted down by the committee, by a vote of 17 to 22.

NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione welcomed the groundswell of support from congressional lawmakers for the industry.

“Our Association is gratified by the support our industry has received from elected officials like Rep. Rokita and others in the House and Senate, who recognize that general aviation is an essential tool for citizens, companies, and communities across the country,” she said.


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Monday, 14 January 2013 15:25

Why Learn to Fly?

There are only a few things in life to which we can ascribe no true price.  Learning to fly is one of those things.  It is priceless.  The absolute joy, the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and the exhilaration at being able to escape your earthly bonds is indescribable.  It is the adventure of a lifetime; we at Montgomery Aviation Inc. would like to invite you to experience first hand.

But, flying should not be just a dream.  The practicality of being in charge of your own travel destiny, whether you own your own plane or choose to rent, general aviation, opens doors that only pilots have access too.  Montgomery Aviation Inc. and its flying club, “Eagle Flyers” holds your key to this whole new world.


Just think of it, possessing the ability to drive to an airport convenient to your or business, park for free within walking distance of your hangar, climb aboard your personal aircraft, take off and fly to the destination of your choice, on your schedule, and then return on your schedule.  Let’s replay that.  No parking fees, no waiting in the parking lot for the shuttle bus, no tickets to buy, no checking in, no metal detectors, no having to take your shoes off, no having to empty your pockets, no having to wait in long lines to board, and no departure delays at busy airports.  When you fly yourself the rules change.  It takes me 15 minutes to pull the plane out of the hangar, by the time you board a commercial airline, I’m 200 miles on my way.  Add in the time you’ll waste getting out of your destination airport and I’ll travel 400 miles.  I can beat a commercial airline fromIndianapolistoAtlantain the time you waste getting in and out of most commercial airports.

We are looking for people like you, people who seek out ways to improve their lives.  We have the means to introduce you to the dream.   Montgomery Aviation’s, “Eagle Flyers” is one of the few flight schools to offer training in new Cessna  and Cirrus aircraft.  Eagle Flyers, is a Cessna Pilot Center & Cirrus Pilot Training Center with the areas most experienced flight instructors.  All of our training staff are professional pilots with thousands of hour of experience.    Our instructors are not building time to go elsewhere.  They have time.  They instruct because they love aviation and the satisfaction of sharing the dream with new pilots.

Realize the dream.  Call me at 317-769-4487 or visit our website at

Schedule a flight and experience the dream, it’s easier than you think, in fact if you can qualify for a Indiana Driver’s License you can fly our Sky Catchers.

Carl J Winkler III VP

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In early November, the Aviation Association of Indiana (AAI) announced its 2012 Indiana Airports' Economic Impact Study.  The study evaluated the economic impact of the 69 public use airports in Indiana that are part of the state's official State Aviation System Plan.

The study found that Indianapolis Executive Airport contributes over $430 million in annual economic output and creates and sustains nearly 2,400 jobs with a payroll of nearly $125 million annually in Hamilton and Boone counties.  In total, Indiana’s 69 public-use airports, as part of the State’s Aviation System Plan, contribute $14.1 billion in economic output and create and sustain more than 69,000 jobs in Indiana. 

You can read the report published by AAI, Conexus Indiana, and INDOT HERE.

You can also view the press release by Indianapolis Executive Airport HERE.

Numerous media reports have been done on the study and feature Dan and Andi Montgomery:

Zionsville Times Sentinel (partial article - full article only available in print edition)

Indianapolis Star (paid archive file)

Inside Indiana Business (video)

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Aviation International News featured Montgomery Aviation as their FBO profile for the month of December.  This is a great honor and wonderful exposure for the FBO and the Montgomery's.  The article covers the long history of the airport and how Dan and Andi have dedicated their lives to the growth and success of the FBO and airport.  You can read below the entire article or click this link to go to AIN website:


FBO Profile: Montgomery Aviation




While the operators of some FBOs may feel as if they live at the airport, Dan and Andi Montgomery of Indianapolis Executive Airport’s (TYQ) Montgomery Aviation actually do. Dan, who has been at the northern Indianapolis airport (formerly known as Terry Field) since 1989, is currently the airport manager. He and his wife, Andi, also own and operate the lone aviation services provider on the field. The couple also manages the FBOs at two other Indiana locations: Frankfurt Municipal Airport and Grissom Airbase, a joint-use military-civil facility.

Dan had served at the airport as its maintenance provider, and in 2000 the couple offered to take over management of the ramshackle FBO run by the private airport’s owner as well. They moved their family onto the field and began to offer service whenever it was required. When they took over, there were 40 aircraft based at the airport, half of them gliders and the remainder a mix of flyable and un-flyable piston-engine airplanes. That first year, the couple sold 50,000 gallons of fuel. In 2001 the FBO welcomed its first based business jet, owned by someone who is still with them and now owns a Learjet 45XR and a helicopter.


Opportunities for Growth

In 2003, when the original owner of the airport retired, Hamilton County purchased and renamed the field. That same year Montgomery completed its first 18,000-sq-ft corporate hangar and office building, which quickly filled to capacity. The new structure allowed the FBO to vacate the old terminal, referred to as “the shack.” The number of based aircraft continued to climb, and three years later the Montgomerys added an 8,000-sq-ft terminal and another 18,000-sq-ft hangar as part of a nearly $2 million upgrade. They also added an 18,000-sq-ft canopy.

Today the nontower airport, which sees some 60,000 operations a year, is home to approximately 100 aircraft, including 22 business jets, a GIII among them, and the Avfuel-branded location will pump more than 700,000 gallons of fuel this year, according to Andi Montgomery. The FBO occupies a footprint of eight acres and can accommodate aircraft the size of a Boeing BBJ. The location also offers a flight school and a Part 145 maintenance station that can handle engine changes and Phase I to IV inspections on Cessna Citations. The business is also half owner of charter provider SolutionsAir, which operates a Citation I as well as a pair of King Airs and a Pilatus PC-12.

The FBO’s fuel farm can store 24,000 gallons of jet-A dispensed from either a 5,000-gallon tanker or a renovated military truck that can hold 8,000 gallons. For avgas the location offers a self-fueling option or the services of a 4,000-gallon tanker.

The FBO is open generally from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., but having its operators living on the airport provides benefits for customers. “We post those hours, but I tell people just tell me when you are coming and we’ll be there,” Andi Montgomery told AIN. Among the amenities offered are free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal, crew cars, WSI weather and a computer-equipped pilot lounge/snooze room with showers. The FBO also has two conference rooms that can seat 12 and eight people respectively, and onsite car rental.

The Montgomerys believe in community involvement and the need to show the best face of general aviation to the neighborhood. To that end, the company has provided its light- and sound-equipped canopy as the venue for many local events, including an annual Downs Syndrome Indiana fundraiser, aero club dinners and concerts. Once a year, a local church even celebrates Mass under the shelter, followed by a pot-luck picnic. Around Halloween, part of one of the FBO’s hangars hosts a safe “trick or treating” party for local children, who are treated to such fun and games as a candy drop and taxiway rides on the FBO’s World War II-vintage truck. Andi Montgomery sees exposing guests to aviation as a side benefit: “Those kids come in and play in half the hangar, but they are looking at the jets and the helicopter.”

During last year’s Super Bowl, the facility found itself swamped with more than 60 business jets and the Montgomerys were forced to turn away business, including one well known pilot/actor. When one potential customer was told beforehand that there was no more parking space for a large jet, the customer said he would fly his King Air to the game instead. The location scrambled for equipment such as chocks to accommodate the surge, and more than 100 volunteers turned out to help. Local restaurants were on hand greeting arriving guests with appetizers, as others steered them to the Super Bowl desk and then out to the 100 rental cars and 30 limousines at the terminal’s front entrance. On Super Bowl Sunday Indianapolis Executive was the second busiest airport behind Indianapolis International. That day Montgomery Aviation recorded 92 operations, including 30 jets that landed, unloaded their passengers and returned later to pick them up after the game. A bonus, according to Montgomery, was the evening temperature, which dipped just low enough for all those parked aircraft to require de-icing before departure.

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